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This Call for Proposals is part of a continuing series of calls providing individual grants to NGOs for projects in developing countries that have the following dual focus:

a) Newly established or better-managed MPAs or networks of MPAs, as well as Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) which result in the conservation of biodiversity;

b) Enhanced livelihood conditions in coastal communities.

Due to the concurrence of three major ocean currents, the seascape of the Eastern Tropical Pacific is one of the most productive tropical oceans in the world. Fish stocks are abundant and marine megafauna, such as sharks, rays, sea turtles and cetaceans, find rich feeding grounds. The region boasts vast mangrove forests and is home to iconic World Heritage Sites such as the Galapagos Islands and Marine Reserve (Ecuador), Cocos Island (Costa Rica), or the Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary (Colombia). However, these thriving waters – and the communities that depend on them – face growing threats ranging from illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing to pollution due to coastal development.

Climate change is further exacerbating these challenges. Having recognised these risks, governments from several countries have stepped up in recent years and are pledging ambitious new marine protections resulting in a significant increase of MPA coverage in the region. However, still, more MPAs and more support in their management are required to effectively conserve these waters. Through this call, Blue Action aims to make a significant contribution towards achieving the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s target of ensuring that by 2030 at least 30 percent of marine and coastal areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, are effectively and equitably conserved, managed, and governed.

The call supports the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life below water.

This open call closes on 15 August 2024.

You can find more information about the current grant programme here.


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